Rand Paul:”If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot.”
The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.
The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action.
Glenn Reynolds, in Popular Mechanics, recognized the increasing militarization of the police five years ago. In 2009 he wrote:
Soldiers and police are supposed to be different. … Police look inward. They’re supposed to protect their fellow citizens from criminals, and to maintain order with a minimum of force.
It’s the difference between Audie Murphy and Andy Griffith. But nowadays, police are looking, and acting, more like soldiers than cops, with bad consequences. And those who suffer the consequences are usually innocent civilians.
You should go and read the whole article.
Now I’m in no way suggesting disarming the police. However, as with so many things, this is about mindset. When I took Police Science courses (1973-75), it was about apprehending lawbreakers and protecting the rights and persons of all involved – suspects, subjects, witnesses and police. For some reason, we seem to have lost that. And the term Peace Officer is no longer in use. The doctrine of posse comitatus is no longer in effect. We are no longer worried about the military being used as civilian police. The police have become the military.
h/t Brock Townsend
(in part from PawPaw’s House)
Regulars at the Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard were gobsmacked when President Obama unexpectedly strolled onto a nearby green and they were immediately frisked. “There was no warning he was coming,” sniffed a guest.
If the President showed up at my club and the members were frisked, I’d be pissed, but I don’t know all the niceties of presidential visits. So, I waited for Instapundit to weigh in. We realize, of course, that Insty is a professor of law in Knoxville.
How come nobody ever tells them to buzz off, and that if the President wants to play golf he can damn well respect the rights of others? The response to the ominous “So, you’re not cooperating?” should be “No, are you assaulting me?”
If the President wants to go out in public, fine. If he can’t do it without assaulting the rights of citizens, then he should stay home. But hey, most of these folks probably voted for him. So: Enjoy!
Citizens of a republic shouldn’t be subjected to frisking or wanding just because the boss shows up.
There was a time when most folks had access to firearms, and one could walk into the White House unimpeded. And nothing happened. Now, not only is visitation severely controlled and restricted, but encountering the Chief Executive on the golf course means impromptu cessation of civil rights.
What if he went jogging? Have an advance team feeling-up all the folks in advance of his running by? (And yes, I know Clinton went jogging – and even he didn’t molest the spectators!)
Just let me know if The President will be in my vicinity. I would leave, anyway, even if I weren’t legally armed.
The “Gestapo” or the “Stasi” never had anything THIS good.
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I wonder if peeing on them works to stop them? Oh, wait – that’s for jellyfish stings!
h/t Theo Spark
(courtesy of my friend Borepatch)
One of the members of our dojo used the skills he’s been practicing for years. It happened suddenly. It happened in his back yard while his wife was outside doing yard work. A car being chased by the police hit a fire hydrant on the corner of their street and the driver bailed out running.Steven looked out the window at the sound of the crash, saw the guy coming at a run into the yard, and went outside. I don’t know if the man was just trying to run past them, but Steven reacted to the perceived threat to his family.
The link calls it a tackle. Heh.No one was hurt, the police were already on the way, the man was cuffed in less than a minute after he was pinned. The suspect has a criminal record stretching back 15 years.
I had been waiting hoping the TV station would post the whole interview, but all the link has is the text of the news article and the 45 second teaser.
The learnings that were shared with me:
1. It unfolded very fast.
2. There was not a lot of thinking.
3. People that don’t practice falling don’t fall well.
4. The expanded awareness and sense of calm only seemed remarkable after the fact.
5. And I quote, “Aikido works!” (the first words he said to me when he told me about it)
But, I was reminded of two things:
1) Bruce Lee (when asked to invade a bad guy’s lair, unarmed) said, “Why don’t your just take a .45 and blast him?” (Enter The Dragon)
2) Posse Comitatus – a cop orders a passer-by to ‘stop’ a fugitive (meaning to tackle or trip him) and the guy pulls a gun and blasts him!
It’s good our Aikido practitioner was alert, but might have been better had he been armed.
Just in case (?)
courtesy of wirecutter
FBI Birmingham Division Press Release:
OXFORD, AL—About 400 law enforcement officers from northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia will attend safety training on Thursday in Oxford to better prepare them for potential encounters with domestic extremists, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Schwein Jr., and Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Oxford Police Department will present the training at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. The training is designed to give local, state and federal law enforcement officers and government security personnel survival skills and best practice tips in case they do encounter domestic extremists, such as members of the Sovereign Citizen Movement or militia groups. The training also will address deadly force survival and weapons of mass destruction.
“Law enforcement officers must, first, protect themselves in order to protect the communities they serve,” Vance said. “The goal of this training is for each participant to gain a greater appreciation of the potential threats associated with domestic extremism and how best to protect himself or herself if ever confronted with such a situation,” she said.
“As sovereign citizens’ numbers grow, so do the chances of contact with law enforcement and, thus, the risks that incidents will end in violence,” Schwein said. “Law enforcement must understand the sovereign-citizen movement, be able to identify indicators, and know how to protect themselves from the group’s threatening tactics and techniques,” he said.
“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion; you sink to the level of your training. You react the way you’re trained,” Partridge said. “Train hard and train often, your life depends on it.”
The afternoon session of the daylong training will be a study of the Aug. 5, 2012, mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in which a white supremacist shot and killed six temple worshippers. The gunman, a U.S. Army veteran, also wounded three other worshippers and the first officer on the scene, who was struck with 12 bullets. The shooter killed himself with a shot to the head after another police officer shot him in the stomach.
Funny. No mention of collectivists or leftists. Oh, I’m certain they are all benign Fabian types…
h/t Jon Kraft
I see permutations of the above on the streets more and more. Our tax dollars being used to support out-of-shape police personnel who’s ACLU lawsuits have made such a thing possible.
Yes, I understand many officers spend most of their shifts at a desk, or behind the wheel, and it’s more difficult to keep in shape when constantly seated. And of course, the whole police-doughnut meme.
But, there was a time when keeping in condition was part of the job.
Back-in-the-day, there was a time when a patrolman’s sergeant would send out a fat man’s letter to the officer, advising him that he had X number of days to lose weight or be put on desk duty. Or worse.
Now, with police unions, their right to be fat like the rest of us seems to be engraved in stone. Or cellulite.
I remember when I worked for John’s Uniforms back in the 80’s. At that time, there was no Internet, and very few independent uniform and equipment stores. As a result, we sold mail order all over the country. And our business was booming.
We filled many special orders for equipment not available through regular retail channels. I specifically remember an order for a black, basket-weave Sam Browne duty belt (from a department in Georgia I believe). THE WAIST MEASUREMENT NINETY-FOUR INCHES!! (94″) It took a whole steer hide to get one in one piece.
Seriously, how does such an officer pursue a suspect on foot? Or get into a squad car? Or even a restroom stall?
I understand the military (with the exception of The Marines and Spec-Ops guys) have a similar problem. Our tax dollars at work…
At least he’s using a bicycle. How he caught him I’ll never know!
Now, I’m overweight and disabled. But I’m not tasked with public safety, either.
From David Codrea…
From a range operator in a southern state:
After 50 years of existence, we are suddenly having an OSHA inspection of our ranges. We found out recently that the local skeet/trap club is also having an OSHA inspection. Have you heard of this happening else where? With this administration, I am paranoid with anything involving the Federal Government and attacks on civil rights. Please let me know if you have heard of other OSHA inspections of ranges.
Plus see supporting links. The head of OSHA is an anti-gun ideologue a handful of us warned about before he was confirmed by the Senate.
I would not be surprised to see them stepping this kind of harassment up. I’m not aware of anyone raising an alarm on this and do not know how widespread it is — I’ll ask around.
OK, I’m asking.
As an aside, leave it to “Every day is Opposite Day” Prozis to deem us all safer by threatening places where we can train and practice.
If you know of a range that is being subjected to this kind of
enforcement harrassment, please let David know! dcodreaAThotmail.com
State Police Now Fingerprinting Every Texan
This story by Jon Cassidy originally appeared at Watchdog.org.
HOUSTON – The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.
Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.
h/t Facebook, personalliberty.com
“Project”. What a benign word describing such activity.
Akin to the NSA “project”, listening to every telephone call, both foreign and domestic, land-line and cellular.
I believed once-upon-a-time that agents of government may have done their jobs as ordered, but at least they had taken an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. Between these kind of actions, and legislators taking a similar oath and then passing blatantly unconstitutional laws, that perjuring oneself during one’s oath is simply pro-forma for government service.
Because all government is backed by some kind of force.
And all these intrusions at all levels of government need to stop.
AND, be reversed!
“a world where law-abiding American citizens are huddled together in camps. NOT for the acquisition of merit badges.” – Guffaw (with apologies to the late, great Rod Serling)
There’s a lot of information available on the Internet – free for the reading. Much of it is unadulterated crapola! Of course, some of it holds a kernel of truth. And some, parroting Goebbels, is an oft repeated lie, until the great unwashed believe it to BE true.
For example, I keep seeing stuff about this…
My question to you, dear reader (as I doff my tin-foil chapeau once again), is how much of this is crapola, and how much is true?
We keep hearing about
anthropogenic global warming climate change climate disruption (or whatever they are calling it this week) even though much of the ‘evidence’ has been tainted by obvious fraud and bribery of the ‘scientists’ involved, along with a specific political agenda tied to a pre-arranged outcome.
But they keep beating the drum so that the lie becomes truth.
Does this also apply to these FEMA camp stories? Is it misdirection lest we look at some other heinous act(s)?
Inquiring minds want to know.
(If I’m getting locked up, I want to take my woolies – and my tin foil hat!)
h/t Paul Lemmen
I’m a BIG believer in this country’s capitalist, free market system. Have a problem with XX Company’s product/service? Don’t use ‘em! If they damaged you – SUE ‘em! It’s the AMERICAN way!
Of course, this assumes (and you know what happens when you assume?) that everyone plays fair and by the rules…
Enter SWAT TEAMS, Incorporated!
No longer must the police operate in good faith and under the purvue of public records law.
(Let that sink in for a minute…)
But, but…they’re on OUR side?
h/t Downtrend.com, Free North Carolina